August 24, 2023
Hello St. George Families,
The staff has been busy setting up for the new school year. We are so excited to welcome the students to the new school year. The teachers look forward to connecting with all the parents at our Curriculum Nights, too!
St. George Uniform Sweatshirts and T-shirts are on sale now through September 15th. https://saintgeorgeseattle.ejoinme.org/MyEvents/StGeorgeMerchandiseFall2023/OrderMerchandise/tabid/1383206. See the attached School Uniform Choices bulletin about expectations for the year.
Catering by Edwin will continue to provide hot lunch service for our students. See the attached menu. K-8 hot lunch begins Tuesday, Sept. 5th, for those students who have turned in form and fees by Thursday, August 31st. Late orders will not be accepted because it gets too crazy to adjust record keeping of 240 kids.
Each family has 30 volunteer hours to fulfill this year at $30/hour for any hours not fulfilled by April 30, 2024. In order to volunteer in any capacity at school or church, adults must fulfill the Archdiocese of Seattle’s Safe Environment qualifications listed at https://www.virtusonline.org/virtus/. New this year, volunteers 14 years and older must clear a Background Check signed by their parents before volunteering. Adults 18 and older must also take a class called Protecting God’s Children and read/sign off on Archdiocesan Safe Environment policies.
We are hosting a Protecting God’s Children class at St. George Church on Sat. Sept. 9th from 10:00AM -1:00PM. Go to https://www.virtusonline.org/virtus/ to sign up in advance.
MASKS. We ask that parents seriously consider why their child may want to wear a mask to school. If a child is recovering from an illness and/or has a temporary cough, by all means, wear the mask to school until symptoms go away.
In terms of social and emotional growth and self-esteem, I observed several students wearing masks as a security blanket. That is most concerning at this age as students are developing a sense of self and confidence. We do not want the mask to be used as a crutch to stunt that growth and give them a way to hide their beautiful self. Many children are wearing them randomly during the day and half the time their noses are not covered. Masks mute the volume of their voice and hide our ability to observe children’s verbal participation in class discussions, readings, and such. This is a distraction and we will ask students to take them off.
Emails have been sent to all families to go into their SchoolAdmin/Final Site account and complete the emergency forms online for the year. We need that information in case your child is sick or injured at school!
We need two volunteers for daily morning gate duty on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 7:30 AM-8:00 AM. Are you able to volunteer one morning a week for thirty minutes?
Ms. Metzelaar needs volunteers on Mondays (12:30-3) and Fridays 10:30-3:00 in art.
Ms. Morgan needs volunteers Tuesdays-Thursdays in the library. Can you spare 2 hours?
Preshool-9th Grade Parents’ Club Room Parents-2 to 3 per grade level
Attending Parents’ Club meetings is worth one service hour each.
Attending Curriculum Night is worth one service hour.
Lunch recess volunteers needed daily from 12:00-1:00
USED UNIFORMS SALE, Friday, 8/25, 7:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. at St. George School*
We have a small collection of used uniforms for sale during Family Movie Night at the school field. Prices are $5-$10 per item. Cash payments. (Small bills, please.) Thank you!
Back to school dates/socials
Thurs., Aug. 24th Mandatory Preschool-PreK Parent night at 7:00 -7:45 PM in the school hall. Come hear about the program, protocols, routines, and supply list, and complete specific paperwork required by our state licensor, Department of Children, Youth, and Family Services.
Mandatory Kindergarten Parent Night at 7:00-7:45 PM in the Kindergarten classroom. Meet your cohort of parents and hear about our routines, schedules, and first days’ activities to help your child make a smooth start for Kindergarten.
Fri., Aug. 25th Free family movie night on our field: The Mitchells vs. The Machines starting time around 8:30 when the sun gets low in the sky! Our gym gates open at 7:30 for families to set up the lawn chairs, picnic blankets, and all the snacks and drinks needed for a movie night under the stars.
Sun. Aug. 27th Preschool, PreK and Kindergarten playdate at the main school. Come to the 10:30 Mass at St. George. Then join us at 11:30 AM to reconnect with old friends and make some new ones. Donuts and milk for all.
Wed. Aug. 30th First Day of School starts at 7:55 AM sharp!
Extended Care on regular schedule 7:00 AM- 6:00 PM.
K-8 Noon dismissal. Extended Care – K-8 bring own lunch.
Preschool and PreK on regular schedule 7:00 AM- 6:00 PM.
All students need to bring their own reusable water bottle.
Thurs. Aug. 31 Regular day for all
K-8 students need to bring their own water bottle, snack and lunch. Preschool and PreK on regular schedule 7:00 AM- 6:00 PM.
HOT LUNCH orders for Sept due. Hot lunch begins Sept. 5th
Fri. Sept 1 First Friday Spirit Day. Students may wear their uniform or blue or black jeans and any St. George t-shirt or sweatshirt.
7:55-Noon dismissal for K-8. Extended Care open. Students bring lunch. Preschool and PreK on regular schedule 7:00 AM- 6:00 PM.
Set up your child for success.
Wed. Sept 6th 6:30 PM Mandatory Curriculum Night for K-8 parents in the school hall. We meet as a parent community to go over some policy updates, and then parents will be dismissed for presentations from homeroom teachers that explain the expectations and routines for the year ahead!
See you next week!
Monica Wingard, Principal